Who we are
School Chaplaincy ACT is the leading provider of School Chaplains in the Territory. Through positive and supportive relationships, School Chaplaincy ACT aims to help young people with everyday life issues, as well as the more critical ones like substance abuse, relationship issues, family breakdown, stress, anxiety and low self-esteem.
What do chaplains do?
School Chaplaincy ACT chaplains provide spiritual and emotional support to school communities. They are in the prevention and support business: helping students find a better way to deal with issues ranging from family breakdown and loneliness to drug abuse, stress and anxiety. They provide a listening ear and a caring presence for kids in crisis and those who just need a friend. They also provide support for staff and parents in school communities.
Download the Brochure
You can download our brochure today to find out what School Chaplaincy is and why it is such an effective resource in schools.
SC ACT has commenced the year with the dual focus of settling our existing team back into their schools and filling the vacancies in our new schools. The growth in interest and support for school chaplaincy in our ACT Government schools comes as a result of the consistent and high standard of care offered over the past 8+ years by our team of highly qualified and capable staff.
Principals at the end of last year engaged in rigorous community consults with their staff and parent communities with the resounding message being one of support for the continuation of the role. The federal grants, now administered by the ACT Education and Training Directorate, are for a four year period thus giving stability and strength to the establishment of the service as a valued component of the schools’ well-being teams.
SC ACT is working closely with the Education Training Directorate to ensure that the schools and the chaplains are working within the guidelines and providing exceptional care and support to the students, families and staff. SC ACT has a strong emphasis on providing high calibre, qualified and experienced staff to the schools.
We now have 20 government schools and 1 Independent School partnering with us to offer chaplaincy in their school communities.
Sponsor a Chaplain
The grant monies are unchanged since 2007 resulting in a growing financial shortfall as we seek to offer consistent hours, services and resources through the program to each school.
If you would like to sponsor a particular chaplaincy service in a school near you please contact Di Priest by email and a form will be posted to you.
You can also give to support the general work of the service in ACT or to an individual chaplaincy service on our donation page.
Your support goes to cover the shortfall of $2,000 per service which covers salary plus PD and resources for the chaplain in each school. Our chaplains regularly request additional financial resources to assist families and students in need.